It is no secret that marijuana is widely used at Lewis & Clark, but there is usually not too much pressure to partake in the activity if you’re simply not interested. Smokers are more likely to be picky about giving it out, so it really isn’t a big issue. That being said, though, it’s definitely prevalent on campus. Most students know how to balance their partying and studying, and if not, learn to because the academics at LC can be demanding depending on the classes, and students can’t afford to be constantly partying if they want decent grades.
Unsurprisingly, alcohol is also prevalent on campus, but it's not usually too big of a problem. A lot of drinking happens off campus or quietly in the dorms. Cigarettes are more popular than would be expected, so much so that the school decided to do something about it. After a survey was sent out to the student body in 2008, nearly 75 percent of students asked for a change in the smoking policy. As a result, there are Designated Smoking Areas or DSAs; these are tables located outside of the dorms, indicated by a green umbrella. Smoking anywhere other than these DSAs is prohibited on campus. The occasional student will rebel against these rules and can be seen walking to class enjoying his or her last cigarette for the hour, but it’s hardly ever a problem. Student smokers typically use the DSAs, and all other non-smoking students are pretty happy about it being that way.